Kannada film “Lucia” wins Audience award at London Indian Film Festival

Kannada language film “Lucia” has won the prestigious, coveted Audience Award at the 4th London Indian Film Festival. The film is directed by director Pawan Kumar. The London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) was held from July 18th to July 25th.

Pawan Kumar is a Kannada film director, actor and screen writer. He is well known for his movies Manasaare, Pancharangi and his latest directorial debut Lifeu Ishtene. Being from a theatre background , he used to write scripts for plays on stage. This film is produced by the audience themselves . This is the first Kannada feature film to be completely crowd funded.

Pawan Kumar earlier had expressed his frustration about no takers for Lucia, his second film. His fans and friends on Facebook reacted to it and many suggestions started coming his way. Finally he decided to produce Lucia through crowd-funding.

Kannada Film  “Lucia” wins Audience award at London Indian Film Festival

Kannada Film “Lucia” wins Audience award at London Indian Film Festival

In his own words, he was earlier “bombarded with emails, SMSes, pings, chat posts etc . Everyone coming together to pour in ideas and solutions. Majority of them have suggested to open a public funding and produce the film with the help of the audience!”
He raised 51 lakhs by crowd-funding, with which he completed the movie. Citizen Matters has supported him in his endeavour, by hosting pre-ordering Lucia. Pawan Kumar plans to raise 50 lakh rupees by selling tickets to the movie.
It is a crowd-funded film and was screened to sold- out audiences during the festival. Director Pawan Kumar said “To win this award in the face of such powerful competition is a dream come true for me. I thank the London Indian Film Festival for selecting the film for its world premiere and would also like to thank the London audience and the Kannada community in UK for supporting the film”.

Anurag Goswami won the Satyajit Roy foundation’s short film award, held in conjunction with LIFF, for Kaun Kamleshwar (who’s Kamleshwar).

Pawan Kumar is a Kannada film director

Pawan Kumar is a Kannada film director

Vikram Dagupta received the Special Jury mention for his entertaining, bold and vibrant interweaving of stories in the film, Calcutta Taxi.

The London Indian Film Festival opened with Amit Kumar’s Cannes favourite Monsoon shootout and closed with Bombay Talkies by Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Bannerjee and Anurag Kashyap- a homage to the centenary of Indian Cinema.

Sharanya Bharathwaj

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